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Renewable Energy and New Energy Sources

Description

The current dilemmas of scientific and technological development transcend borders and therefore require cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approaches. To that end, concrete actions of internationalization are absolutely necessary to generate knowledge, innovation and leadership in the solution of the problems of the modern world. Energy supply is among the most important needs of our society. The demand is close to 20 Terawatts (TW) per year, and the supply comes largely from fossil fuels and nuclear power plants (non-renewable), in addition to renewable sources like hydroelectric, biomass and other forms of less environmental impact, such as solar, wind, geothermal and tidal. We thus face major challenges including the development of new ways of generating clean energy, increase our capacity to do so, and promote its responsible and environmentally sustainable use. Biofuels from renewable sources also represent an excellent alternative to petroleum products due to the need to mitigate air sollution from the burning of fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources are among the main themes at UFPR almost since the preparation of its first strategic plan and, since then, several research groups have produced excellent results in different fronts, such as in photovoltaic energy, in the production of liquid biofuels (biodiesel, ethanol, HDO, hydrocarbons, biogas and hydrogen) and in the integration and intensification of process engineering. All these studies are based on high levels of innovation and originality, a fact easily confirmed by a highly qualified scientific production and the body of intellectual protection applications we hold with the National Industrial Property Institute (“Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial”, or INPI). This project has several research fronts involving the development of technologies to capture and directly transform solar energy into electrical energy, to integrate actions for optimization and intensification of different chemical processes and to develop production systems of advanced (bio)fuels based on thermochemical and biotechnological approaches. These fronts are covered in three sub-themes, which were defined as “Aims” and later presented as internationalization projects. It is also worthy of note that all actions included here have outside financial backing, both public and private, and all of which have their origins in existing bilateral partnerships and collaboration.

Projects

  1. Efficiency in the capture, production and distribution of photovoltaic energy or other renewable energy sources
  2. Renewable fuels obtained by chemical transformation processes
  3. Biotechnological processes for the production of advanced biofuels (BioADD)
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Programa de Internacionalização da UFPR
Avenida Coronel Francisco Heráclito dos Santos
Jardim das Américas - Curitiba
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Universidade Federal do Paraná
Programa de Internacionalização da UFPR
Avenida Coronel Francisco Heráclito dos Santos
Jardim das Américas - Curitiba
Telefone:
E-mail:

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